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Skip to comments.Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are 'too girly' for them.....
Posted on 04/21/2014 11:56:52 AM PDT by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are 'too girly' for them, says award-winning children's author
Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on childrens literature, says an award-winning childrens author.
Jonathan Emmett warned that childrens books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges.
One publishing companys research suggested women bought 95 per cent of picture books for children, he added.
The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details about space ships and so are driven to more action-packed video games instead.
'It is a really difficult argument to make because 99 times out of 100 it is women that are under-represented, said Mr Emmett.
But there is a literacy gap - boys are underachieving, boys do not like books as much as girls.
I am arguing that this is because the industry is dominated by female gatekeepers. The author and illustrator, a former winner of the Red House Childrens Award for Pigs Might Fly, looked at 450 reviews in five national newspapers.
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“The Boys’ King Arthur” by Sidney Lanier????
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